The second edition of Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year's Celebrations offers teachers, students, parents, and librarians more than 1,000 pages of information about this joyous holiday season. The first edition, titled Encyclopedia of Christmas, was named an Outstanding Reference Source by the American Library Association. The second edition expands this popular title with new entries on American Christmas traditions, Christmas in other countries, and New Year's celebrations. Numerous existing entries have been updated as well.
This handy reference contains more than 240 entries ranging in length from about 100 words to well over 2,500 words. Each entry includes a list of books for further reading, and many entries list web sites that contain information on the topic.
Among the topics covered are the following:
â¢ Advent â¢ Advent Candle â¢ Baboushka â¢ Berchta â¢ Black Peter â¢ Candlemas â¢ Cherry Tree â¢ Christkindel â¢ Christmas Lads â¢ Epiphany â¢ First Night â¢ Frankincense â¢ Gaudete Sunday â¢ Glastonbury Thorn â¢ Hogmanay â¢ Hanukkah â¢ Herod, King â¢ Ivy â¢ Jesse Tree â¢ Knocking Nights â¢ Kwanza â¢ Magi â¢ Mistletoe â¢ Nativity Scene â¢ Peace of Christmas â¢ Reveillon â¢ St. Barbara's Day â¢ Star Boys â¢ Stockings â¢ Yule â¢ Zagmuk
In addition, 39 entries are devoted to Christmas season celebrations in different countries and parts of the world, including Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. More information on international Christmas customs can be found in the many entries that detail specific holiday traditions, symbols, and legends.